Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Just as a follow on from yesterday's blog, Southend United staved off the threat of administration today, although that may be temporarily.

The Club promised to pay HM Revenue & Customs the 690,000 in unpaid taxes that they owe by Friday.

They also confirmed that their total debt of 2.1 million would be cleared.

You really have to ask why these debts weren't cleared earlier (never mind why they occurred in the first place) and why right at the last minute, causing much anguish to the Shrimpers support.

It's good news for them for now, but having faced administration twice before, at some time they have to stand up and run the Club differently, not just for the good of themselves, but also the game.

Another Club may not be so lucky.

Scottish Highland League side Inverness Clachnacuddin went into administration last month, owing 46,534 to Highland Council.

A new owner is being sought but it's a hard slog for a lot of the Highland League sides, especially for a team like Clach who have Caley Thistle drawing supporters from them and more so when they were a SPL side of late.

A lot of the Highland sides are well run and a main hub in the community. When Peterhead joined the league a few years ago, I know we were surprised at how important their social club was to the locals and the Club.

Losing a team with the history of Clach would be a shame, but are they ever going to be a viable source again? It was hard enough when there were the three Highland League teams in the city (Caley and Thistle used to be seperate sides for those not aware).

Having written for the Clach programme last season (and will be again this season as well), they hold a spot dear to my heart.

The sad truth though is that it's tough times out there and only the strong will survive. Hopefully Clach have that strength.

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